During 2017, the Y was guided by YMCA of the USA (YUSA) through a strategic plan which is called Strengthening Our Communities (SOC). Being experts in the field YUSA has hundreds of examples and thousands of experiences to guide local Ys through the planning process with help from their communities. With their help (YUSA) the Greater Marinette-Menominee YMCA feels confident that the plan is right for our Y, community, and those we serve.
Our SOC document has identified four critical issues that will be addressed; facility development, staff and board development, effective collaborations, and membership development. The SOC process is very time consuming and thorough. Thank you to the community members, Y Board of Directors, and staff who gave their time on many different occasions to share their thoughts with YUSA staff; we couldn’t have moved forward without your help.
We will stay in Menominee at our current location. More time is needed to determine which direction we will take; renovation/addition or replacement. Our location has opportunity for growth and can serve our future needs. This is home and for almost 50 years — this is the Y.
During a period of growth and change, it is important for the leadership staff of the Y to stay consistent. I have committed to working through the year 2020, with Jenni Campbell closely at my side. The board has already taken official action to welcome Campbell as the new executive director at that time. I must mention the entire management staff: Michell Hampton, Joe Plautz, Deb Ward, Becky Kelley, Allyson Bickel and Kristen Weglarz, is a team and a family. We will be connected to our mission and serving our members each day.
The board has voted to work outside of our by-laws during this critical time. Our board chair, Nikki Leow, will serve in that position through 2020. (Normally, a chair sits for a period of two years.) In another action the board has initiated board term limits to ensure that we have a board that is diverse and evolving. We are chartering a Board Governance Committee whose purpose will be to seek and groom future volunteer leaders of our Y. Now is the time to let us know if you have a passion for serving. This is going to be exciting meaningful work.
We understand that everything we do does not have to be done within our four walls. We currently have many successful working collaborations, but we are going to be even more intentional about partnering. We are and have been actively talking to the City of Marinette about their new facility and Bay Area Medical Center.
Our membership reflects our community. From “pampers to grampers” we want you to feel welcome and encouraged at the Y. Our Impact Statement: as a collaborative leader in our area, our programs, services and initiatives: enable kids to realize their potential, give teens the opportunity to lead, offer ways for families to have fun together and empower people to be healthier.
Terri Falkenberg is the executive director at the Greater Marinette-Menominee YMCA. She can be reached at 906-863-9983.